The Smallest Safari
How it started
Somewhere else, this would be a glorious wildflower meadow but here in the Australian Wet Tropics, it is a park gone feral after weeks of rain. Before the mower came to slice off their heads, I wandered over with the camera to take their portraits.
How it proceeded
I was quickly distracted from the flowers. The uncut turf was filled with tiny wildlife and in the moments when the sun elbowed its way through the clouds, I pointed my camera towards all the hopping, buzzing, crawling creatures I could see.
Join me among the weeds on the smallest safari.
You don’t have to clamber into a Land Rover and roar around the savannah to go on safari. You can do it in your garden, local park or national park. Once you refocus onto small things, you can see animals everywhere. (Although don’t do this if you actually are in the savannah, especially in Africa, because of the rather larger animals you might miss if you’re head down over giraffe dung looking at beetles.)
Celebrate the small!
How it ended
Now I need to do stretches to put right what bending over with a camera put wrong. Yes, I could have crouched but the ground was rain-softened and uneven. Unlike Weebles, I wobble and then do, in fact, fall down. Also there are ants. Lots and lots of ants. So when you look at these photos, imagine a soundtrack of distant traffic, Bar-shouldered Doves (they recite the name of a former Prime Minister — ‘Bob Hawke, Bob Hawke’) and me swearing as ants bite my feet.
(But still remember to celebrate the small.)